Protect The Beartooth Mountains From Exploratory Drilling

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On Tuesday, February 4th, 2020, Beartooth District Ranger Ken Coffin conditionally approved the exploratory drilling of 35 sites along the Beartooth Front in Southern Montana to the Canadian resource exploration company, Group Ten, in a Decision Notice and Finding of No Significant Impact.

Roughly 30% of the drill sites are located in previously undisturbed areas in the Beartooth Mountains, with the total disturbed area estimated to be around 4.38 acres.

The Beartooth Mountains were named after their dramatic, jagged mountain peaks, as they appear similar to a sharp bear’s tooth. As part of the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, the Beartooth Mountains are made up of huge, breathtaking granite plateaus and hundreds of alpine lakes. The Beartooth Mountains are home to moose, mule deer, mountain goats, and bighorn sheep. The central core of the Beartooths is primarily composed of metamorphic rocks from the Precambrian Age that have been dated to be over 2 billion years old.

While Group Ten is not a mining company, their goal is to assess the precious metals in the area so that they can later sell the land to another company. Granting Group Ten permission to drill in the Beartooth Mountains will inherently lead to greater ecological destruction by future mining companies.

Authorizing the exploratory drilling of the Beartooth Mountains will not only disturb the complex ecosystems of the mountain range that have remained relatively unharmed for years, but it will damage the prehistoric geological makeup of the mountain. Year after year, visitors travel to the Beartooth Mountains for breathtaking views and the opportunity to escape the pressures of our heavily industrialized and urbanized societies. 

The request for exploratory drilling has only been ‘conditionally’ approved. There is still time to take action against future harm to this area rich in intrinsic environmental value. 

The Beartooth Mountains are one-of-a-kind. Please help us save them.